After my husband of 13 years left me with 5 kids and no money, I did what any logical woman who hasn’t had a real job in 12 years would do. I decided to publish a book. The Upside Down World ~ A Book of Wisdom in Progress was the result. I still haven’t decided if this was a stroke of genius or the work of a crazy person, but the computer did die 5 minutes after I sent the final revisions off to the printer.
For better or worse, the husband has returned and the book remains something I’m immensely proud of and hope you will share with me. While writing and putting it together, I imagined myself creating a scrapbook of those things I most wanted to give to the world: essays that moved people, a spiritual memoir sharing the roots of my faith, poetry written out of love, stories and quotes of encouragement and notes with crazy ideas that someone else might be able to pick up and run with. And beautiful pictures to set the whole thing off.
But please don’t think the book is your usual Christian scrum. Recently I got this note:
“Thanks for the book! I downloaded a copy in spite of not generally being attracted to the ‘Christian’ genre. I’m enjoying the pictures and when I read your first part about the ‘Yoke of Jesus’ I knew this one would be okay to read. It’s so nice to hear from someone that doesn’t think you are a sinner if you are poor! (Okay, maybe I went to a bad church once…)” – Karen
I thought, “just wait until she gets to the poem ‘A Man With Many Lovers’. Then she’ll really know she’s not in Kansas anymore.” And at its heart, that’s the essence of the book: unexpected yet accessible. Enlightening but not preachy. An easy read but one that will stick with you long after you’re done. It’s cliché, but quite literally it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. And will almost certainly have you saying, “huh – I guess I never thought of it like that before” as well.
So please come and join me here in my upside down world. Where an adolescent girl finds God in a shoe and families write poems together and momhood means breastfeeding on the toilet. Blessings! ~ Rebecca Trotter
A mom, writer, thinker, talker, teacher, Christian and odd duck . . . In a world with so much noise and so many voices trying be heard, Rebecca stands out for her insight, wisdom and slightly quirky take on life, religion and the business of being a human being.
Part memoir, part meditation, part poetry, part storytelling and art and essay all mixed together. The Upside Down World ~ A Book of Wisdom in Progress is a deceptively easy read that will stick with you long after you’ve put it down.
Fom the Prologue:
Wisdom calls out in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; in the gateways of the city she makes her speech. – Proverbs 1:20-21
I have discovered that in order to find the great secrets of life we must follow the process of learning as far as we can take it. Every truth we can know is topped by a bigger and better truth. Mankind has been playing with wisdom like a child playing in a parked car who when asked what they are doing replies, “I’m driving.” It’s time to stop pretending, put the keys in the ignition and go for a ride to see what there is to see and where there is to go. – Rebecca Trotter
The Upside Down World is the culmination of over a decade of my life’s work writing, living and learning. In it you will find essays, stories, poetry, quotes, art work and more.
For years I have written. For years, I have dreamt of creating something meaningful with my writing that I could be proud of and which would pass the test of time. Would it be a book of poetry? A spiritual memoir? A book of essays? A blog that people love? Would what I wrote be humor, instruction, story-telling?
I didn’t know, but I couldn’t be quiet so I wrote and wrote. Trying a bit of this and a bit of that and then seeing if I could mix them together. Of course, this work pattern made me a jack of all trades and master of none.
Then I remembered the gift I had asked for long ago. I had heard the proclamation of Proverbs 4:
Get wisdom, get understanding . . .Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding. ~ Psalm 4:5,6-7
So I asked God for wisdom. Writing was just a tool I used to learn my real gift. The real gift that God has given me is wisdom. And what I have created is exactly what wisdom creates: pieces to be understood, fit together, moved and played with.
Wisdom is beautiful, but doesn’t make beautiful things –it shows us how to make more beautiful things. It teaches you how to see beautiful things and then how to use them as instructions or material or fodder for other beautiful things.
So, this is a book that wisdom created. It is wisdom’s child – a work in progress with the seams and preparations and trials and errors all showing. It’s never complete. It can all be summed up in a few words which then need to be unpacked and taken apart so the methods can be re-created and used elsewhere to make other beautiful things.
From the prologue to The Upside Down World. Available for sale on amazon. Copyright 2011 R. Trotter